Virginia’s Board of Elections announces results today of the official canvas of election returns in the 5th Congressional District and is expected to certify the long-overdue demise of Congressman Virgil Goode’s embarassing political career.
The final result will show political novice Tom Perriello beat Goode (right) by a little over 700 votes. Even if Goode requests a recount, the margin should be enough to bring the curtain down on Goode’s 35-year-career.
The results show a growing electorate fed up with Goode’s racist and bigoted antics which too often brought shame on the Old Dominion.
Goode has been criticized by pundits and other politicians on a national level over the past few years for his hard-line anti-immigration stances — a situation highlighted by his 2006 political brush-up with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Ellison, a Muslim, decided to take his congressional oath using a Quran. Goode wrote at the time that more Muslims will be elected if the country doesn’t adopt anti-immigration stances — a position he carried into this year’s campaign.
But Goode was more than just a rabid right-winger on immigration. His politics crossed the line into outright racism. Over several campaigns, he paid racist GOP operative Bobby May nearly $100,000 for work. May, who also served as treasurer of the Buchanan County Republican Party, wrote a racist screed that cost him his job on the Presidential campaign of John McCain. Reports the Los Angeles Times:
A local newspaper columnist, in a spoof of Obama’s platform, wrote in one recent piece that the Democrat would hire the rapper Ludacris to paint the White House black (a reference to a pro-Obama song by Ludacris), and divert more foreign aid to Africa so "the Obama family there can skim enough to allow them to free their goats and live the American Dream." He joked that Obama would replace the 50 stars on the U.S. flag "with a star and crescent logo," an Islamic symbol, and that his policy on drugs would be to "raise taxes to pay for Obama’s inner-city political base."
The columnist, Bobby May, is also treasurer of the Buchanan County Republican Party and was listed in a July news release as the county’s representative on McCain’s Virginia leadership team, though he said his column reflected his views alone, and he denied it was racist.
Goode’s defeat is a positive sign that at least some of the overt racism that has long ruled rural Virginia is fading. Virginians sent another racist member of Congress — Sen. George Allen — packing in 2006. Terminating the career of Virgil Goode is welcome evidence that change may come slowly to the Commonwealth but it is coming.
UPDATE: Goode, of course, is not giving up. He announced Monday he will seek a recount.